17 February 2014

Blog Tour and Giveaway: This Much Is True by Katherine Owen

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This Much Is True
by Katherine Owen.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: August 11th 2013 by The Writing Works Group.
Fate brings them together.Fame & lies keep them apart.One truth remains…

She’s become the Paly High girl with the most tragic story…
At 17, Tally Landon just wants to graduate and leave for New York to pursue ballet. Her best friend Marla convinces her to attend one last party—a college party—where she can be among strangers and evade the whisperings about her heartbreaking loss of her twin that follows her everywhere she goes. She meets Lincoln Presley, Stanford’s famous baseball wonder and has a little fun at his expense—when she lies about her age and who she really is—intent on being someone else for the night and escaping her tragic story.

His only focus is baseball, but he can’t forget the girl he saved on Valentine’s Day…
At 22, Lincoln Presley’s star is on the rise—about to finish at Stanford and expected to be taken early in Major League Baseball’s upcoming draft—his cousin’s party serves as a welcome distraction. But then, he sees the girl from Valentine’s Day that he saved from that horrific car accident and can’t quite hide his disappointment when she appears to look right through him and not remember him at all. He vows to learn her name at least before he leaves. What’s the harm in getting to know this girl? What’s the worst that can happen?

They share this incredible connection, but fate soon tests these star-crossed lovers in all kinds of ways...
And yet, despite the lies being told to protect the other, and the trappings of fame that continually separate them, and in lieu of the deception by those they’ve come to trust the most; one truth remains.

This much is true.

***Author's note*** THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Reviewed by Kelly.

THE STORY: Tally is a talented dancer. Ballet is everything. So is her twin sister. Then in a tragic accident, her twin, Holly, is gone. She doesn’t take it well. She becomes promiscuous and careless. When she physically recovers from the car accident enough to return to dance, she engulfs it. Her best friend, Marla encourages her to go to a party to try to live her life. Tally pretends she is her twin at the party. But the guy who seems interested in her is an up and rising baseball star from Stanford. The only thing is she doesn’t seem to remember him. He, Lincoln Pressley, saved her from the crash that took her sister’s life. She tells him her name is Holly, her twin sister’s name. And there begins the lies.

She ends up sleeping with him and telling him some truths that night. He is genuinely caring and wants to know her. She calls him Elvis. But she runs away the next morning. She doesn’t want to get close to anyone. She has no time because Ballet is everything. She can’t get close to anyone; she can’t bear to lose anyone else. So she stays aloof. Linc is not much different. Baseball is everything to him too. He can’t afford to have a relationship. But he can’t help his heart because somehow Tally got under his skin.

Tally ends up in New York becoming famous. Linc is becoming famous too and they go in different directions but still somehow want to be together. But lies build and people get hurt. Tally becomes pregnant and because Linc’s public relations demand he not have a 17 year old as a girlfriend(and he is 22), she doesn’t tell him and gives the baby up for adoption.
But in the end, so many lies are told that things may not be salvageable with these star-crossed lovers.

WHAT I LIKED: I like Lincoln. He is sweet and very caring. I really liked when Tally and Linc talked and how Linc reacted to Tally’s panic attack when they really didn’t know each other when they were together that first time.

Marla is a good friend to Tally and tries to help her and is always there for her.

I liked that Linc was there for others, Tally’s family, and Tally whenever she really needed him. There is a scene at the end of the book in Moscow that kept my heart pounding to know how things would finally play out.

The end was very sweet!! Can’t tell you anymore than that without it being a spoiler.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: They were both immature. They would make the same mistakes over and over. I know New Adults are immature, I get that. But I like to read books to escape reality. They weren't learning fast enough for me. It was a lot of heartache and bad decisions. It was too sad!

I didn’t like Nikia. Not even from the beginning. Why did anyone continue to hang with her?

The middle of the book was a lot of fluff that got me frustrated. I wanted to hang up on the book. They were so stupid sometimes that I just wanted to walk away. But I needed to see some resolution even if it was just to move on. I was invested in Linc! Anything was better than the hell they were living in and I felt as I was in, by reading how stupid they were at times.

Grief arrives in such unexpected ways and moments. I can't decipher if it's the remembering that is more painful or if the incessant worry of not remembering everything about her that might be worse.

This is a pic from her website from Dirty Girl Romance. I like it- don't you:

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Dark. Edgy. Contemporary. Romantic. Were we describing me? Or my fiction? Sorry. I drink too much...coffee, not enough water. I swear too much for God and my mother, and I slip these into my fiction. Sorry. I'm impatient, a perfectionist, a wordsmith, a dreamer, which ends up being good and bad. I'm a workaholic; ask my fam-dam-ily. I've written four novels in as many years: SEEING JULIA, NOT TO US, & WHEN I SEE YOU, as well as my latest release THIS MUCH IS TRUE. If you love angsty, unpredictable love stories, I'm yours. ♥

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  1. I've heard about this book for a while and very much hope to read it. I've read some of Katherine's OTHER EMOTIONAL ROMANTIC LITERARY FARE.

  2. Glad you liked it, Kelly! It sounds right up my alley and I like the sounds of this Lincoln fella already! :)

  3. This Much is True sounds so fascinating with two people on the opposite end of their careers. Baseball and ballet. Those two don't usually mix but I'm game on reading this book.

  4. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  5. Thanks for the informative review. Great job.

  6. Sounds absolutely amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!